The Exorcist

‘a story that you love-to-dread’

‘it’s a piece of entertainment’

‘gruesome effects are truly “special”’

“I’m telling you that ‘thing’ upstairs isn’t my daughter…”

Inspired by true events, The Exorcist is William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel, which captured the attention of an entire generation. Adapted into a highly controversial 1973 horror film, the terrifying tale is unleashed into the West End for the first time ever, in a unique theatrical experience that is bound to petrify London audiences.

When a young girl is bed-ridden by a strange illness, her desperate mother, Chris, calls in everyone she can to help. But when the medical profession cannot provide any answers to Regan’s symptoms, Chris is forced to turn to the local priest. Father Damien must do all he can to overcome his shaken beliefs to tackle the demons before him. After all, he may be fighting for more than just one girl’s soul…

Award-winning film and theatre director Sean Mathias leads the production, which is set to play at the Phoenix Theatre throughout autumn and winter. Widely considered to be one of the scariest stories of all time, William Friedkin’s two-time Academy Award-winning masterpiece shocked audiences into fainting, and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

Now, The Exorcist creeps on to the Phoenix Theatre stage for a strictly limited season, just in time for a very chilling Halloween.

Cast and Creative

The Exorcist is a play adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier from William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel. By Special Arrangement with Ben Sprecher and Stuart Snyder and in Association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the production presented by Bill Kenwright and directed by Sean Mathias, who recently brought No Man’s Land to Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. The Exorcist features design by Olivier Award-winner Anna Fleischle, illusion design by Impossible’s Ben Hart and lighting design by Tim Mitchell, with sound design and original compositions by Adam Cork.

After a hit season at Birmingham Rep, the majority of the original cast transfers with the production, including Jenny Seagrove (How the Other Half Loves, Fallen Angels) as Chris MacNeil, opposite Adam Garcia (Wicked) as Father Damien and Peter Bowles as Father Lankester Merrin. Further casting includes Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, Todd Boyce as Doctor Strong, Mitchell Mullen as Doctor Klein, Elliot Harper as Father Joe and Tristan Wymark as Burke. The Demon will be voiced by Ian McKellen.

Show Lengths and Times

The Exorcist comes to the Phoenix Theatre London to play a strictly limited run from October 20th 2017 to March 10th 2018. Performances are at 8pm Monday-Thursday, with two showings at 4pm and 8pm on Saturday. Friday performances are at 6pm and 9pm.

Show running time is approximately 2 hours 10 minutes.

Suitable for Children?

The Exorcist contains unsettling scenes that may shock or offend. Please note the production has an age guidance of 18+.



Tickets for The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre London are now on sale. You can book them by using the search form at the top right of the page!


Have you seen The Exorcist? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!


  1. We were lucky enough to see this on opening night with front row seats. Right from the start the creepy vibe gave me chills and the acting was fantastic. I didn’t check out the cast before booking. but was thrilled to see Adam Garcia who I’ve loved from his Hot shoe shuffle days playing Damien. The voice of the demon and the special effects were amazing. Really well done to the small but stellar cast. Be brave and go you will love it.

  2. Watched performance last night 21st Oct. Very much enjoyed. Amazed how much was possible on stage. The extreme profanity though strong was understandably necessary. Lots of small points would be that walls still moving when lights came on, Able to see people moving when sets change, could see fan blowing curtains. Most of the acting was excellent. The effects were really good and helped make a stage more alive.

  3. Scariest thing I’ve ever seen on stage or film! Superb acting, amazing technical effects giving an unforgettable production.

  4. I went to see the Exorcist tonight and it was absolutely brilliant.. the cast were excellent! I’ve seen a lot of London productions but this is the best I’ve ever seen!

  5. Watched this at The Phoenix Theatre other Nov. Brilliant. Superb vibe and effects.
    Jenny Seagrove is outstanding , Peter Bowles is excellent and Sir Ian McKellan… well It’s Sir Ian McKellan.
    Special mention for Clare Louise Connolly. Fabulous.
    Go and see this. What are you waiting for.

  6. Truly exceptional performance! More intense than the movie, superb acting and bringing the audience to chills ad screams from the start… the best show I’ve seen

  7. I would recommend this show even if you don’t like horror or the movie. The story makes smashing theatre, with great effects and a formidable cast. Is it scary? It has lots of jumps thanks to flashing lights and loud noises. Even better, there are scenes of genuine unease and tension. Oh and there’s puking. See it if you dare.

  8. Watched this play last night and thought it was an outstanding production. I didn’t think it could be scary but it was really chilling. The acting was superb and the lighting/special effects are amazing. It is a must see!

  9. This was probably the best stage show I have ever seen. Easy to follow and special effects were amazing. How they changed from set to set so quickly I’ll never know. Read some mixed reviews but all I can say is I am so glad I went to see it. Definitely worth going to see.

  10. This was probably the best stage show I have ever seen. Easy to follow and special effects were amazing. How they changed from set to set so quickly I’ll never know. Read some mixed reviews but all I can say is I am so glad I went to see it. Definitely worth going to see.

  11. I was thoroughly entertained and suitably shaken by ‘The Exorcist’. Fantastic set design, great atmospheric lighting, and impressive fx and makeup complimented the great performances from all involved. Claire Louise Connolly was especially convincing as the demon’s victim/vessel, Regan. I highly recommend seeing this while you can.

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